Mayne Island Christmas Arbutus Tree Visit

I have a large wonderful family.  At the same time, Christmas day is often about taking a long walk and visiting with the arbutus trees. Like my family,  they are quirky, intelligent, talented, fun and precious to me. Early in January and the first part of February I expect to be focusing my attention, canvas and brushes on these beauty. So today I set about doing a few photography sketches.

Notice how they have found enough support to secure themselves over the bare sandstone rocks.

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In this soft warm south exposure winter sunlight my eyes scale their length.

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I walk along the ridges on the backs of the large stone surfaces marveling at how they have made space for each other.

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The leaning and reaching for the sun is so pronounced in the character of an arbutus tree grove.

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I sense that these beautiful trees understand belonging in a most comfortable and companionable way.

These are my Christmas Trees, naturally decorated and lightly lit with sunshine.


What is putting a glow on your Christmas Day?


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Creative Potager – Visit with painter and photographer Terrill Welch

From Mayne Island, British Columbia, Canada

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